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In a recent meeting I was talking with my interlocutor about coaching entrepreneurs, and he said something that resonated with me: "the problem with business owners is that they constantly run after the clock". I could not agree more.
I see it with people around me and my clients all the time. In fact, one of the reasons my customers hire my services as a Business Coach is to force them to slow down and dedicate time to reflect. Business owners often have their heads stuck so much into day-to-day operation - where decisions are plenty and need to happen fast - that they are drown into it, like they would be drown into water. And they forget to come back to the surface and breath.
Breathing is thinking. All business owners, regardless of how long they have had their businesses for, face that same challenge at one point. Thinking is part of your job, and you must make time for it: to design your strategy, prepare ahead of specific situations, solve a problem, or simply meditate.
A great method I found comes from Timothy Gallwey’s book The Inner Game of Work. Timothy is one of the founders of modern coaching. He has developed a very simple tool called S.T.O.P:
This approach will help you remain conscious while working. You can watch my video Are You Asking The Right Questions? for more on that subject.
What can you do to force yourself to stop and think:
Make it a habit to think.
PS: Hiring a coach is also a great way to stop and reflect. Book a time with me so we can discuss about how you can think more strategically.
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Your responsibilities as Business Owners encompass defining the strategy as well as growing your people: recruit them, empower them, train them, and ultimately make them the best they can become.
On top of what is already a full-time job comes other tasks that can quickly accumulate, especially since a typical day at work include so many interruptions. If you are not careful enough, you can get easily distracted and deviate from what you are supposed to be doing.
In order to stay on track with your work, you must define rules for yourself. They require discipline, that is a great reason why you need to set up rules. They will also help you make better decisions, improve your efficiency, and create a sense of fairness among your team.
Such rules can be practical - e.g. everybody must come on time or I will isolate myself everyday from 1pm to 2pm, or more intangible - e.g. no staff will be blamed in public or I will encourage everyone to talk solutions rather than problems.
There are many rules as you'd like to have. Be cautious though, rules about the rules must apply:
To begin the process, ask yourself the following question : What are my uncompromising leadership principles?
PS: What leader would you like to be? Let's get in touch and discuss how I can help you remove the road blocks along the way.